Review: Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel
By Tina Vasquez, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 4, 2010
by Ann Angel
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books (October 1, 2010)
Janis Joplin was equally known for her offstage antics as she was her expressive and soulful voice, but it’s important not to let the former overshadow the latter. In Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing, will learn about every aspect of Joplin’s life, from her humble upbringings in 1950’s Port Arthur, Texas to her reign as the first queen of rock ‘n’ roll during the turbulent and exciting 60’s.
Through the use of archival photos and interviews with friends and family, Rise Up Singing provides an intimate portrait of Joplin, a pioneer in the male-dominated rock scene of her time. On another level, this all-encompassing book for young adult readers also provides insight into the 60’s sound and illustrates how the music of the time shaped the culture.
Despite her rockstar status and many troubles, Joplin was a relatable figure with an extraordinary blues-tinged voice that would forever chance the face of rock ‘n’ roll in the U.S. and beyond.
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